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Quad-Lock used for College of the Bahamas Library & Information Centre

Supplier: Dolfi Benesh
13 April, 2012

Located in Nassau, Bahamas, the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre is considered to be a beacon that symbolises Bahamian scholastics and national development.

This Library, built with Quad-Lock Insulated Concrete Forms, is also designed, specified and built to double as a disaster relief shelter, rated to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, giving the students and surrounding community a safe haven in case of an emergency.

Interesting facts

  • Location: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Completion Date: March 2011
  • Building Size (Total): 60,000sqft
  • Quad-Lock Walls: 24,000sqft
  • % of Exterior Walls: 100%
  • ICF Installation Time: 9 months (staggered)
  • Total Construction Time: 2½ years
  • Wall Bracing: Reechcraft
  • Exterior: EIFS

Why Quad-Lock was chosen

The university board & build team were convinced that Quad-Lock's superior ICF system was the only choice for the following reasons:

  • Cost savings, both in initial construction and long term building maintenance
  • Versatility to conform to very complicated architectural features and design
  • Ability to achieve the extremely high engineering standards
  • Complicated radius walls
  • Integrated columns
  • The ability to withstand a Category 5 hurricane

The design vision

This massive undertaking was the dream of Harry C. Moore, who devoted his life to the advancement of education.

The complex architecture and design centers around a circular core that has two curved wings that are also curved at the ends. This meant that the team was working with several different radii with very complicated intersections. In addition, the exterior walls had to be 24" higher than the inside walls and there were 32 integrated columns running from top to bottom of the 50-60' high walls.

With barely a single straight wall in the building design, Quad-Lock's ICF system was perfect for this project.

Challenges addressed with Quad-Lock:

Complicated radius walls and integrated 50-60' columns could be easily constructed on-site
Quad-Lock's panel design allowed workers to efficiently handle the complicated rebar specifications required for this Library PLUS Category 5 Hurricane designed building

The extremely complex floor system (traditional reinforced concrete deck with a massive 'belt' beam) meant that the exterior walls had to be 24" higher than the inside walls - easily dealt with by Quad-Lock's panel design (no need
for cutting or stripping webs to attain the varied wall heights for inside and outside)

Project partners

  • Owner: College of the Bahamas
  • General Contractor: CGT Construction
  • Architect: Axum Architecture
  • Engineer: Lambert Knowles - ETS Engineering
  • ICF Installer: Seafoam Engineering Ltd.
  • Quad-Lock Dealer: Quad-Lock Bahamas Ltd.